Link of the Week – YearCompass

January 22, 2019

Found this neat little gem.

YearCompass is a global movement that mobilizes people to sort out their last year and plan their next one in order to have a greater awareness of their lives. New Year’s resolutions don’t work; planning your year does.

YearCompass is a booklet that helps close your year and plan the next one. Using questions and exercises rooted in psychology it takes you through the past year, then helps you turn your dreams into achievable goals.

Best part…it’s FREE! It’s not too late to start planning and executing your ideas, projects, and ambitions.

Check it out. https://yearcompass.com/


Link of the Week – Onomatopeia Dictionary

January 15, 2019

I saw this website called The Written Word on social media recently and bookmarked it to look at later. Glad I did. It’s an onomatopeia dictionary. I had no idea I needed one, but clearly I do. What a fun, handy site.

Onomatopeia is a word formed by imitating the sound or action something makes. Think hiss, buzz, boom, argh, bay, arf, cackle, drone, splat, clink, etc. As writers, we strive to have readers experience our stories as if they are actually there. We do this with creative uses of words. The sounds some words make aid in visualizing what’s happening. Such as a cat caterwauling just before its lightsaber ignites with a pssshhew and engages in battle. Ffffkrrrrshhzzzwooooom..woom..woooom!

http://www.writtensound.com/

 

 

 


Link of the Week – Winter Writing Festival 2019

January 8, 2019

It’s time once again for the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival. Time to kick your writing into high gear. WHOOO HOOO!

winterwritingfestfacebookimageThrough the bleakest part of winter–January 10, 2018, thru February 28, 2018–the much-anticipated NINTH Annual Ruby Slippered Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival will be here to keep your creative fires burning with support, advice, inspiration, and regular writing sprints in our chat room. There are fun prizes for participants all along the way, including books, critiques, gift cards and Ruby-inspired gifts. And it’s FREE!

Unlike NaNoWriMo and other writing challenges that have a one-size-fits-all approach, the Ruby Winter Writing Festival is designed for you by busy, hard-working women: i.e., we schedule it for AFTER the holidays, and we let you DESIGN YOUR OWN approach to “winning” so it actually fits in with your real life

No matter what stage you’re at right now (brainstorming, plotting, free-writing, fast-drafting, slow-drafting, revising, layering, polishing…or any combination of the above) the Ruby Winter Writing Festival can help you reach your goals.

Did I mention SPRINTS! Yes, I did! Regular sprints are held in our cozy RUBY CHAT ROOM.

Get more detailed details at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.

Check out the great advice for a successful Winter Writing Festival at the Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood’s Blog here.  Or better still, bookmark the Ruby Slippered-Sisterhood Winter Writing Festival website!

 


The Righteous Side of Wicked – Release Day!

December 18, 2018

Huzzah! It’s release day for THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF WICKED and just in time for the holidays! Highlander pirates and spies will keep you warm this winter! Join the crew and grab your copy at Amazon, mates.

A spy on the run 

Treva MacDougall is running for her life. Not just hers, but those of her clansmen. Fleeing the hangman’s noose, she must reach her rebel cousin in Scotland in time to warn him of an ambush by the Crown. Finagling her way aboard a pirate ship running contraband wasn’t difficult, but ignoring the intense temptation she feels toward the ship’s captain is verra difficult. She can’t allow herself to have feelings for any man, but maybe just one night of sinful pleasure…

A pirate caught in the middle

Coire Fletcher doesn’t trust women. None of them, but especially the dark-haired, moss-eyed lass whose pretty lies got her onto his ship and her sharp wit and undying spirit is getting under his skin. He knows she’s lying—after all, she is a female—but by damned his growing attraction to her is as troubling as a Caribbean hurricane. He won’t be fooled again by a woman, not even one he can’t stop thinking about. He’ll deliver his smuggled goods and Treva at the next port, then sail away. Or so he thinks…

Chased by the British Navy and vengeful enemy pirates alike, Coire and Treva must leave past injustices behind and learn to trust each other…or neither may see another sunrise.

If ye haven’t signed up FOR MY NEWSLETTER for sneak peeks, excerpts, and giveaways, what are you waiting for? All new subscribers can download a free e-book—Bring Me the Horizon.

More holiday goodness. The Laird’s Reckoning is on sale at $1.99 for a limited time!

Don’t forget to Order your copy of THE RIGHTEOUS SIDE OF WICKED today!

Fair winds and following seas and a full mug o’ rum!


Link of the Week – Baby It’s Cold Outside

December 4, 2018

There was a time when if something offended you, you absolutely had the right to look away, walk away, change the station, etc. Guess what? We still have that option. But it seems far easier for people to scream, stomp, shake their fists, and demand removal over something that they don’t like. Suddenly, everything is offensive.

Take the recent move by a Chicago radio station banning the 40’s holiday classic song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. According to many, this song is about rape. Let me pause to laugh and laugh at the absurdity. Yeah. It’s quite okay for artists today to sing, glorify even, about rape, violence, and drug abuse. Or movies with these same elements. And video games giving players extra points for crimes committed, rapes, and murders. But a song from an era that had strict moral standards where women were becoming more independent and gentlemen were dignified and their chivalry meant women had value to them? I call foul.

This week’s link of the week comes from Bored Panda and is what the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is really about from the perspective of a former English teacher. Let me say she nails it.

https://www.boredpanda.com/baby-cold-outside-metoo-song-explanation/

This is the version of the song that I’ve grown up on. Love me some Dean! *swoon*

Just for fun, check out the clip from the 1949 movie “Neptune’s Daughter” where Ester William and Ricardo Montalbán sing the song and then there is the role reversal with Betty Garrett and Red Skelton.


Link of the Week – Wildfire Survival

November 13, 2018

The videos of people trying to escape the deadly fires scorching through California and the destruction left in the wake are scary, horrific, and heartbreaking. As the wildfires continue to burn,  I thought today’s post might be helpful. It’s another excellent survival tip from The Art of Manliness – escaping a wildfire.

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-survive-a-wildfire/


Link of the Week – Civics

November 6, 2018

It’s election day in America. What better way to start off election day with a great non-partisan video about the importance of civics. This segment is eye-opening and totally worth the watch. I’m willing to debate how we are in dire need to bring civics classes back to our schools for the health of our democracy.

If you haven’t already cast your ballots during the early voting period, go out and vote today. Not voting hands over your power, your voice to someone else.

Vote. It is a right and a privilege.

“It’s up to us.”